Leander lies on the northeast edge of Texas’ Hill Country, roughly ten miles due west of Interstate 35 on US 183, just north of Austin TX. Since 2000, the community has grown from 7,600 residents to more than 35,000. This makes Leander the 37th fastest growing City in the United States.
Education and Workforce
Leander presently has a population estimated at 35,000. The Leander Independent School District (LISD) is a TEA Recognized school district with over 32,000 students. It consists of 23 elementary schools, seven middle schools, five high schools and two alternative campuses. Over 90 percent of the 37 campuses are either recognized or exemplary according to the Texas Education Agency. It encompasses the cities of Leander, Cedar Park, Jonestown, and parts of Northwest Austin. Some 2,441 teachers provide children with an excellent educational environment. The number of students per teacher is 14 to 1.
Leander Independent School District (LISD) is reaching to close the achievement gap and to encourage all students to strive for the highest levels of academic success. From the youngest families enrolled in the Parents as Teachers program, to the seniors at the district’s nationally ranked high schools, LISD is ensuring that each student graduates prepared to enter college or a career. At the high school level, LISD’s college- and career-readiness programs include providing opportunities for students to receive credit for college courses while in high school, taking all graduating seniors through the enrollment process at Austin Community College, allowing students to “try-on” professions during COOL Week and encouraging students to enroll in a coherent sequence of courses known as a Program of Study. Additional features that set LISD apart from other districts include elementary theatre arts, art, music and foreign language instruction, with full- time counselors and full-time librarians at each of the district’s 23 elementary campuses. LISD also offers gifted and talented programs (kindergarten – grade 12), honors courses in all core subjects, computer, language and science labs, and University Interscholastic League (UIL) sports and academic programs.
LISD continues to be one of the fastest growing school districts in the state of Texas (with populations over 20,000 students), with more than 32,000 enrolled. The most recent demographic report indicates that LISD will reach 58,400 by the year 2019.
The Texas Demographer’s analysis of state-wide population characteristics ranks the community as the fourth fastest growing city by absolute numbers. Residential household income is $78,000 annually. Almost 90% of Leander residents have a high school diploma with more than 24% earning an advanced degree.
Leander offers Texas Hill Country living near the Austin metropolitan area. Scenic landscapes, abundant wildlife and waterways are common sights enjoyed by Leander residents and visitors. Quality of life is very good in Leander and one of the many reasons people relocate here. Here are some other high points…
- Recently awarded the 8th safest city in Texas, Leander is the highest ranked city for safety in the Austin Metro area.
- Access to the Hill Country and proximity to Austin creates many opportunities for artistic, entertainment and recreational pursuits.
- The Leander Independent School District, the tenth fastest growing district in the U.S., has an excellent academic reputation.
- The University of Texas and Austin Community College are the two largest (out of seven) institutions of higher education in the region.
- Leander is also served by a growing number of medical centers including Cedar Park Regional Hospital, St. David’s Round Rock, Georgetown Medical Centers, North Austin Medical Center and Scott & White.
Location, climate, population, strong government, economic development, excellent schools, transportation and low taxes, combined with sincere Texas hospitality, all contribute to the popularity Leander continues to enjoy in both residential and commercial growth.
Residents and visitors are encouraged to participate in the community’s recreational and tourism activities. Leander’s Parks & Recreation Department provides activities for ‘kids of all ages.’ Whether it is physical programs at the various facilities, Music and Movies in the Park, LibertyFest, Holiday Parade or Senior activities, there is something for everyone in Leander. In addition to this effort, the community’s interest in classic, vintage, antique and exotic automotive enthusiasts has brought thousands of participants each month to Old Town. The Leander Car Show is held the last Sunday of each month.
Other Notable Attractions…
- Benbrook Ranch Park, 1100 Halsey Drive (47 acres) Benbrook Ranch Park has soccer and softball fields, group pavilion, hike and bike trails, a BMX track, skate park, playscape, a disc golf course and restrooms. Benbrook Ranch Park is located within the Benbrook Ranch subdivision.
- Chrystal Falls Golf Club, 3400 Crystal Falls Parkway, www.crystalfallsgolf.com, (512) 259-5855. This 18-hole, 6,654 yard par 72 course is the “gem of the Hill Country” challenging golfers of all skill levels. Facilities include driving range, pro shop, snack bar and covered patio.
- Devine Lake Regional Park, 1000 Maple Creek (46 acres) Passive recreation for the outdoor enthusiast. Facilities include a 25-acre lake, pavilion and wooded picnic area, playscape, off-leash pet area, hike and bike trails, fishing and restrooms with 110 parking spaces. Activities allowed: fishing, non-motorized boating and wildlife observation. Trolling motors are not permitted. Access to Devine Lake is within the North Creek subdivision.
- Mason Creek Neighborhood Park, 801 Eagles Way (3.8 acres) Mason Creek Park is a charming neighborhood park nestled in the Mason Creek North subdivision. Amenities include a large playscape, a small trail and a water fountain. There are also picnic tables for small parties and dining in the park.
- Robin Bledsoe Park, 601 S. Bagdad Road (16 acres), Recreational opportunities for the entire family. Facilities include lighted baseball and soccer fields, playscape, swimming pool, water playscape, pavilion with picnic tables, BBQ grills, concessions, restrooms, basketball court and an amphitheater.
- Texas Stars Hockey Club, 2100 Avenue of the Stars in Cedar Park, TICKETS: 512-GO-STARS- It’s not just about the hockey, but fans that are coming from all over Central Texas to see the top minor league affiliate of the Dallas Stars. With an average attendance of well over 5,000, the Texas Stars are making Leander a destination for sports fans in the region.
The MetroRail offers comfortable and reliable passenger service Monday through Friday between the City of Leander and downtown Austin, and from Lakeline to downtown on Saturday. There are nine convenient stations and three Park & Ride facilities, in addition to many MetroBus coordinated routes to make taking the train fun and easy! Whether you’re commuting to work, heading to school, seeing the sights or just out for a night on the town, MetroRail can take you there.
Over the past decade, the City has committed itself to knowing that change is inevitable, so it matters what you do with it. The civic and business leadership collaborated on the community’s future. Leander’s two award-winning land planning initiatives have provided a framework for sustainable development. We will build a community that lives, works and plays together.